Lacatena's Homer Leads Softball Past RMU, 4-3, RMU Forfeits Second Game

Maria Lacatena (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Maria Lacatena (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Moon Township, Pa. -- Sophomore Maria Lacatena solo home run in the top of the fourth inning broke a 3-3 tie and freshman Ashley Koziol picked up her second straight win as the Youngstown State softball team defeated Robert Morris, 4-3, in game one of a doubleheader. Robert Morris forfeited game two.

The Penguins led Robert Morris 16-3 after four complete innings and the Colonials elected not to take the field for the fifth inning. Since the game did not reach a "reasonable point of conclusion" or five innings, according to the NCAA Statistics Manual, the Penguins are credited with a forfeited win with a score of 7-0 and all statistics are voided.

In the opener, the Penguins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after scoring two in the top of the first and another in the top of the second. Brittney Moffatt walked and Miranda Castiglione singled and both scored on a dropped fly ball hit by Cali Mikovich to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead.

The Colonials tied the game with two runs in the bottom of the second an another in the bottom of the third.

Lacatena's solo home run to lead off the top of the fourth was her fourth of the season.

Koziol picked up her seventh win of the season pitching six innings with three strike outs and scattering seven hits.

Sophomore Caitlyn Minney came on in the seventh and picked up her third save of the year. With runners on second and third and two outs, Minney picked up a strikeout to seal the victory.

The Penguins visit UIC for a three-game series, April 17-18, in Chicago, Ill.